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Robert Goldberg See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.1

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Simply put, he's a jerk. Only take him if you are too and/or enjoy watching your fellow students turn bright red.

Granted, he is very intelligent and accomplished, but that just doesn't make up for being a pompous, hurtful prick. He humiliated me in front of the entire class for being nervous about presenting. A professor is supposed to be a mentor. Goldberg is not that. I got a good grade in the class, but given the chance to go back, I would never in a million years consider taking this class again. If you need an honors collegium, take Robert Gurval's HC5. He's just lovely!

Dec. 9, 2008
Lianna Johnson See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.7

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She explains everything decently but there's just so much information that you have to re-watch some stuff that you don't understand (pray that it's podcasted). She's like you're average professor. Not good no bad

Tough, but extremely interesting. A lot of material and a lot of conceptual details that could mess you up on tests. I re-watched every single lecture via podcast and even then I had to go to office hours. If you just "get it" then good for you.

HARD. They were challenging because of they were all multiple choice when I took the course and it just sucks not to get partial credit. I could've easily bumped up a grade level if I the test was free response. Again, memorization will only get you so far, her tests require critical thinking to a certain extent as well (ESPECIALLY THE FINAL).

Not much, just prayed that she asked easier MC questions or that the test was free response.
I mean I re-watched all the lectures and I'm still telling you that the class was hard. But doesn't take away that the class had some pretty interesting stuff.

June 11, 2013
Jay Phelan See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.4

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I had Professor Phelan for LS2 and ABOLUTELY loved the class!

Lectures: Professor Phelan is absolutely hilarious during lectures and incorporates funny stories from his own life to lighten the mood. However, he does cover a LOT of material in each lecture and you have to make sure to take as many notes as possible (laptop is recommended). Write down the slightest details as sometimes he may include them in multiple choice or even short answer questions. On average though, I really looked forward to going to lecture which is saying something.

Bruincast: I would really recommend using bruincast so that in class you don't have to be frantically writing down every word. If you miss something, don't worry about it, but go back and re-watch the lecture to catch anything you missed. Re-watching the lectures also really helps to study for the exams.

Lab: Go to discussions, talk as much as you can and ask questions. Do your best on the lab reports so you can gather up as many points as possible in case you do badly on an exam.

Book: I would recommend reading the chapters he assigns, however, if he doesn't mention something in class that IS mentioned in lecture, it's probably safe to skip it.

Exams: I was a little crunched for time on the midterms. Write quickly and don't spend too much time on the multiple choice. Write as clearly as possible and try and add in as many facts as possible because you gain points for mentioning specific things. Don't worry too much if the exam seemed hard because Professor Phelan is a very generous grader. On the second midterm, he made a 39% a passing grade.

Anyways, I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Professor Phelan as this was one of my favorite classes I've taken so far at UCLA

July 9, 2009
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